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West Mercia Police Ukash Virus

Posted: August 20, 2013

West Mercia Police Ukash Virus Screenshot 1The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus is a Police Ransomware Trojan that displays fake legal alerts intended to intimidate residents Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire (coastal counties under the jurisdiction of the UK's West Mercia Police) into paying a fraudulent ransom. Like all Ukash Viruses, the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus claims that your computer has been involved in illegal online activities and may even block various programs or hijack your browser, in addition to displaying its traditional pop-up alert. Despite its looks, the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus isn't a real program sued by the West Mercia Police, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts encourage using any measures needed to disable and then remove the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus with anti-malware software without paying its fine.

The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus: Continuing the Ukash Virus's Reign of Terror from Coast to Coast

By correlating a compromised PC's IP address with its geographical location, the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus hones in on victims appropriate to its fake warning messages – which are designed to attack residents of the United Kingdom's west coast within the jurisdiction of the West Mercia Police force. The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus's warning message asserts that your PC is being locked as a penalty for online crimes like downloading copyright-protected music and demands a fee through either Ukash or Paysafecard, although paying this fee will not unlock the affected PC. In reality, the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus will attack any appropriate computer without making the effort to ascertain the guilt or innocence of the relevant party.

Besides its cheap attempt at monetizing a basic pop-up attack, the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus also includes some additional functions that are shared between most other members of the Ukash Virus family (a collection of similar fake Police Trojans with international aspirations for their ransom hoaxes). SpywareRemove.com malware experts have noted the worst of these functions as follows:

  • The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus may monitor and terminate other applications at will.
  • The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus may redirect your browser to malicious websites and/or fraudulent error pages, and is most likely to use this attack to block your access to all security-oriented web domains.
  • The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus includes the ability to install other malware besides itself, which is downloaded from a remote server.

Pounding West Mercia Police Ukash Virus Down without a Loss of Your Pounds

The West Mercia Police Ukash Virus does not need to be paid and isn't a real law-enforcing program, but its other attacks against your PC do constitute a potential security risk that should be resolved as soon as possible. SpywareRemove.com malware experts usually recommend booting your computer through a peripheral device to gain access to any necessary anti-malware tools for deleting the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus conveniently.

Incidentally, the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus is one of the few fake Police Trojans that SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found specifying a particular region of the UK in its attacks (a second example includes West Yorkshire Ransomware). However, the United Kingdom is just one of many countries targeted by Ukash Viruses just like the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus. Other members of the West Mercia Police Ukash Virus's prolific family include the United Kingdom Police Ukash Virus, the Scotland Yards Ukash Virus, the Polska Policja Ukash Virus, the Politiet Norge Ukash Virus, the Bundespolizei Ukash Virus and the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus.

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The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1West Mercia Police Ukash
All activity of this computer has been recorded. If you use webcam, videos and pictures were saved for identification webcam.
Your IP Address:
You can be clearly identified by your IP address and by the associated
Your Computer has been locked!
Illegally downloaded material (MP3?s, Movies, or Software) has been located on your computer.